COVER REVEAL!!!!!! (and a contest!)

Today's the day!

Today I finally get to show you the super-amazing, totally-epic, wonderfully-beautiful cover for City of a Thousand Dolls!
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 TA DA!!!!!



Isn't it FABULOUS?

I'll just let you savor the awesome for a second.
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*pets pretty cover*
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*waits*
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Okay, on to the contest!

This one's a bit different. You don't have to like anything or comment on anything or follow anything. You do, however, get to be creative.



The Contest: 

Here's what I want you to do.


Recreate the cover.

That's it.

Any way you want, any medium you choose. Recreate the cover (or do some sort of homage to it) and either email me a picture/video of it or post it to my Facebook wall. You have a month.

EDIT: Woops, forgot to tell you my email: miriamforsterauthor (at) gmail (dot) com 

After the contest closes, I and my panel of specially chosen, arty-type people will pick the top five entries. From those entries we will randomly select one grand prize winner, a first and second runner up and two honorable mentions.

Grand Prize:

Remember when I went to see Lois Lowry talk? And came back with a secret thing I wouldn't tell you about? That secret thing was this:



A set of signed books! The grand prize winner will receive signed copies of The Giver, Gathering Blue and The Messenger, plus a pre-order of Lois Lowry's new book Son out in October.

This prize also includes a journal for writerly scribblings, and (this is my favorite part) an ARC of City of a Thousand Dolls! 


First Runner Up:

ALSO gets an ARC of City of a Thousand Dolls, and a journal, along with a signed set of Alane Ferguson's Forensic Mysteries. (If you like CSI, you will LOVE these books.)



Second Runner Up:

A signed copy of the Edgar-award-winning book Icefall, by Matthew Kirby, (Such a good book!)


AND an ARC of City of a Thousand Dolls.


Honorable Mentions will both get a fifteen-dollar gift card to the online bookseller of their choice.


The contest closes at midnight, PST on June 21st June 30th. International entries are welcome. Please email me if you have any questions.

Go forth and create!


PS. The jacket art was created by the amazingly talented Colin Anderson.  Feel free to sing his praises in the comment section.  I'll just be over here swooning.

*pets cover again*

*swoons*

77 comments:

  1. Amazing!!! It IS epic! And beautiful. And intriguing!  Wow. SO happy for you, Miriam!

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  2. Simply gorgeous!! It's legit! Yay!!! I can't wait to read it!

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  3. Congratulations, Miriam! The images of the cover say so many things! Ok...I totally scrolled. =] 

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  4. Love it!! I CANNOT wait for the book!! Woo Hoo!!! So stinkin' excited for you! :) Love ya!

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  5. MIRIAM. IT IS GORGEOUS!!!!! *_* I am so excited for you!!!!

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  6. AnnaStaniszewskiMay 21, 2012 at 9:34 AM

    There really is no other word for it but "gorgeous." Congrats!!

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  7. Stephanie ThorntonMay 21, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    Wow! That is a totally marvelous cover! Colin Anderson is one talented guy!

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  8. Looks beautiful! Thanks for sharing! We'll repost it!

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  9. Oh wow, that's gorgeous.  Congratulations.

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  10. Wow, it's awesome! Beautiful cover!

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  11. MIRIAM!!!!!!  As my 8 year old would say, "Oh Em Gee" it is stunning!! Absolutely fabulous and wow, I have chills.  I must think about my homage...

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  12. *grabs Sharpies and a piece of cartridge paper* Right. Let's do this thing.

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  13. I love love love this cover!  And your contest?  Epic.

    So homage due by June 21st?  Putting that on my calendar. :)

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  14. Thank you so much Renee! *hugs*

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  15. I KNOW IT'S LIKE A REAL BOOK!!! *flails* 

    Thank you!

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  16. Thanks Joanne! And I ALWAYS scroll. I click on a cover link and it's like "Why are there all these words in my way? Show me the pretty!" 

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  17. Thank you! I'm excited too! *hugs*

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  18. ISN'T IT AMAZING?!?!?!  I'm still in awe and I've had it for like two months now. :)

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  19. Thank you so much!

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  20. Thanks! You should see the stuff he has up on his website. Scary good, he is. 

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  21. Thank you so much! That makes me super happy. *twirls in excitement*

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  22. Thanks Clare! I'm kind of in love with it, if you couldn't tell. *swoons*

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  23. YAYYY! Thanks Jaime! I'm so glad you like it!

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  24. Ahahaha. Okay, I'm not going to say I made this contest specifically for you, but I did think of you when I posted it. Have fun! I can't wait to see what you come up with. 

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  25. Yay!  I'm excited to see what you do! And spread the word if you want, I was thinking maybe some of the teen book groups in the valley might be interested. :)

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  26. Kimberly McFarlandMay 21, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    Gorgeous Cover! Congrats! :)

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  27. *tacklehugs Corinne* THANK YOU! I'm so excited! 

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  28. Thank you! :)

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  29. I'd still be in awe, too! It's just AMAZING. It really gives an awesome setting and mood. I cannot wait to read this book!!

    P.S. I totally did not scroll past your words. ;) I think it's my editor brain insisting I not miss anything.

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  30. beautiful cover! many congrats, miriam!!!!

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  31. Thank you Cindy! *hugs*

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  32. So striking, Miriam! Love the scale, light, and lettering! I'd have to pick this up and explore!

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  33. Holy crap! That is an awesome book cover! And then it's followed up by the most awesome contest ever! Congrats!!!

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  34. Thanks Lia! I can't wait to see it in real life! 

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  35. Yay! I'm so glad you like it! 

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  36. Kimberly ThackerMay 21, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    Oh my, what a GORGEOUS cover!  Congratulations, Miriam!  I'm excited about your contest.  It sounds too good not to enter!  If only I were more artistic....Still, I may enter.  :)  

    Very happy for you!

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  37. Thank you! And photo entries are totally welcome. *cough* *hint hint*

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  38. I LOVE that cover! No wonder you are swooning. Gorgeous. Striking composition with the figure between the lions, and the golden glow is great. I can't even imagine re-creating it...but that should be REALLY interesting to see what people come up with! :D

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  39. WOW, that cover is scary  and pretty!  I'm totally going to give this contest a try! 

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  40. Wow, gorgeous cover! Now I REALLY want to read this book. (And what great prizes!)

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  41. The cover is beautiful!  I cannot wait to read this book.  Exciting!  

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  42. It is gorgeous! It definitely catches the eye and demands, "Pick me up!"

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  43. I have a question—what exactly is the model on the cover holding? Are they daggers or swords?

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  44. Great question! I think they're short swords, although the character IS more comfortable fighting with daggers. :)

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  45. I'm so glad you like it! I hope lots of people pick it up. *crosses fingers*

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  46. Thank you! I'm excited and nervous for when all of you can read it. :)

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  47. Hooray! Thank you! I was super excited I got to put ARCs in the contest too. *grin*

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  48. Please do, I'd love to see what you come up with! (And it is a bit creepy I've been told. But that matches the book, so... *grin*)

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  49. I'm excited to see the entries. And I agree, the composition and the colors on this cover are amazing. And the detail! I could look at those stone lions all day. :)

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  50. Awesome cover Miriam! So excited for you.

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  51. Thank you Natalie! *hugs*

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  52. Lol. That's awesome. And the mood and setting are actually really consistent with the book, which is great. 

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  53. It's GORGEOUS!!! Congrats!!!

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  54. THANK YOU! I'm super happy with it. :)

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  55. Jan Rider newmanMay 21, 2012 at 4:59 PM

    Miriam, that is an awe-inspiring cover! Congratulations.

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  56. I really, really like the cover, Miriam.  I would definitely pick this up in a bookstore to see what it was all about!

    Shelley Moore Thomas

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  57. Thank you Jan! I'm still in awe of it, actually. *grin*

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  58. Awww, thanks! I hope a lot of people feel that way. *crosses fingers*

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  59. Great idea for a contest. *grabs watercolors* The cover is a huge slice of awesomeness.

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  60. Yayyy! Thanks! And a watercolor rendition of this sounds awesome. :)

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  61. Omg! I LOVE THE COVER :D It is awesome. So pretty. Congrats. :) <3 

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  62. Hi Miriam, nice to meet you. Thanks for commenting on my RAOK post.

    The cover of your book City of a Thousand Dolls is simply awesome. Both the title and the cover have me intrigued big time.

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  63. Thank you Carina! I love it too! :)

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  64. It's lovely to meet you too, Rachna! Thanks for stopping by and celebrating with me!

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  65. Really beautiful, Miriam! I can't wait to read it. I'm not going to enter, I don't have THAT kind of creativity in me, but I wish I did!

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  66. Whoa, that is a gorgeous cover. Huge congratulations to you!!!

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  67. Awww, thanks Kristine! I promise, I'll have more contests as the release date gets closer. :)

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  68. Thank you! I adore it. And also had nothing to do with it. :)

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  69. I feel honoured!
    Okay, I'm supposed to be revising. But... sharpie pictures. SHARPIE PICTURES. No, me!Miriam. You will revise first and then draw pictures for other!Miriam. *growls at self*

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  70. My fave 2013 cover to-date. *LOVE* Can I request him for my Harper stuff, I wonder? ;)

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  71. Lol, maybe! You'd have to ask Jenn about that one. :) 

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  72. Just sent out my entry! Though a cover like that doesn't really need recreation! I hope it comes out in hardback. It will be beautiful! :)

    Thanks for the giveaway too :)

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  73. I LOVED your entry! And the book will be in hardback as far as I know. I got an early peak at the jacket and it was AWESOME. :)

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  74. Thank you! *hugs*

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  75. When does the contest close to new entries?

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  76. The 21st of June!  

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  77. I've worked out how I'm going to do my entry but I have a horrible feeling it will take about 10 hours to do and I'm out most of this week... *sigh* I'll do my best to finish it on time!

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